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January 14, 2016
Palo Alto Online
Palo Alto, California


The current incarnation of The Beach Boys (from left, John Cowsill, Brian Eichenberger, Scott Totten, Mike Love, Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme and Bruce Johnston) plays in Redwood City Jan. 21. Photo by Udo Spreitzenbarth.

With songs such as "Surfer Girl" and "Fun, Fun, Fun," The Beach Boys are known as the quintessential southern California band. Founded in Hawthorne in 1961 by brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees have embodied the SoCal sun, surf and cars lifestyle to which the world could aspire. With unforgettable melodies and achingly beautiful vocal harmonies, the group provided the soundtrack to a time and place that likely never existed.

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In addition to Love, the current live version of The Beach Boys features guitarist/vocalist Bruce Johnston. His history with the band goes back to 1965, when he replaced Brian Wilson on tour. Guitarist, vocalist and San Jose native Jeffrey Foskett and guitarist/vocalist Scott Totten round out the front line with keyboardist Tim Bonhomme, bass guitarist/vocalist Brian Eichenberger and drummer/vocalist John Cowsill comprising the rhythm section.

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Cowsill was a member of The Cowsills, another family band.

"They had their own hits -- some pretty big ones back in the late '60s, early '70s," he said.

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